Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowel is a well written young adult book. It is an excellent depiction of young love emerging out of the darkest of circumstances. This book delves into what can happen when you have someone who loves you, as well as how an abusive environment can affect how people live their lives. If you want a look into an idealized romantic relationship this is the book for you.
This novel explores a modern day teenage tragedy between two social misfits. The two main characters, Eleanor and Park, grow up in two drastically different families. This stark difference makes them an unlikely, yet perfect pair. From the first chapter, the reader is well aware that the ending will be slightly tragic, but it allows the reader the insight in just how bitter sweet the story will be.
Though I enjoyed the story, I felt like the characters we fairly one dimensional. You saw their relationship advance and grow without actually getting the feeling that they were actually growing as people. It seemed like with the author flipping between the two main characters as frequently as they did took about from the potential character growth. Maybe there was a page number constraint, but there remained a lot of character development that could have been explored.
Even after reading the book, the link to “The Fault in Our Stars” is not clear. The only thing that seems to link the two novels is that they are both romantic tragedy where the two main characters do not end up having their happily-ever-after.
Over all this was a good book, and I would recommend it for any who wants a quick read.
Rating: 4 / 5